Mary Moran Harris, a recent magna cum laude graduate from the University of Alabama, hails from Mobile, Alabama. While completing her major in biology, Mary Moran served as the vice president of Kappa Kappa Gamma and worked closely with HeadStart children through her research initiative. After serving with the Impact team, she hopes to enter Physician Assistant school and continue to give all children an equal opportunity.

What do you like to do for fun?
I am in love with traveling and being outside. My outdoor interests range from summiting African mountains to simply reading in a hammock outside. I have found that I feel closest to my true, centered being when I am surrounded by nature’s embrace.

What was your most meaningful service experience or extracurricular activity in college and why?
Living in the Wainadiro Village alongside the Navua River in Southern Fiji completely changed my view of service and what it means to fully give to another. During my time in the village, I came to understand that being a servant to others means giving what others are willing to receive and that not all servitude success can be quantified. Some of the most rewarding experiences are the relationships formed and trust gained.

What is your biggest strength?
My biggest strength, which I also claim to be my biggest weakness, is my compassion. I have come to embrace my unique sensitivity and channel this empathy in the most productive manner. I believe this compassion has enabled me to build unparalleled relationships with people from various walks of life.